Kurt Busiek dives into the dark heart of Gotham, looking for the Batman, born of personal trauma, doomed to be an eternal source of fear. However, Busiek explores Batman as a mythic icon, observed by a young Bruce Wainwright, a Boston child who finds how his “real” life mirrors the fiction of Batman/Bruce Wayne.
The new Batman: Creature of the Night mini-series forms a non-official diptych with Busiek’s previous work in Superman: Secret Identity, then illustrated by Stuart Immonen. In charge of the drawing, this time we find John Paul Leon, his work freshly acclaimed in Mother Panic. Evoking the fast realism style of much of the 70’s American editorial illustration, Leon builds strong actors and sets for Busiek’s alternative script.
On the lettering, a top name if there ever was one – master Todd Klein dedicates great part of these pages to the cursive and intimate voice of a haunted narrator, granting a manuscript aesthetic without which Busiek’s words would be at something of a loss.